Mzuni vice chancellor woos support for library


Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has said it is optimistic that well-wishers will assist in the construction of a new library which will have a capacity of 1,000 students.

The university’s Vice-chancellor, Robert Ridley, made the remarks in Lilongwe on Friday during a fundraising dinner organised by Mzuni Alumni Association.

The association organised the dinner to alleviate the problems the university is facing following an inferno that destroyed the university’s library.


According to Ridley, the improved library will match the increasing student population at the university.

“The need for a proper and improved library remains. The library we had was struggling to meet our needs. We need to have a new library, purpose-built, that can seat 1,000 students and we estimate that [it] will cost between K3.5 billion and K4 billion. That’s the extent of the challenge we have. This event we have tonight will help us manage the current situation. With events such as these, with the support of government, we can achieve our goal,” Ridley said.

Deputy Minister of Education, Vincent Ghambi, appealed for more support to the university.


“I would like to join all the stakeholders and well-wishers who are working tirelessly to assist the university financially, materially, and morally to restore the library. They range from individuals, companies, universities and colleges, international organisations, government ministries, departments as well as agencies and other friends who wish this country well. I therefore appeal to you all well-wishers to support this good cause,” Ghambi said.

Maxwell Ng’ambi, president of the association, hailed the support they received from different stakeholders.

“For the past two months, we have been working in the background to hold this dinner and dance to fundraise [for restocking the library]. We are very happy that government, individuals and companies have supported us,” Ng’ambi said.

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